The Lover's Gift / by Rebecca Tillett

This is my fourth blog post recently with the word love in the title, I think. When I was still a teenager, I bought a beautiful book showcasing some of the most gorgeous nude and erotic photographs of the time. It was phenomenal, and it only fueled my passion for photo documentation of the female body. Anyway, on the first page there was a a graceful but delicate quote about how all photographs are essentially about love. And I loved that quote. It alludes me now and a quick google search yields no results, but I know I still own the book. Someday soon I'll find it.

But oh, how I love love and it's prevalence in my life as of late.

My friend and wonderful model of mine, Edie asked me back in May if we could shoot "something boudoir for [her] intended" as she and her long-time love, Bryce (also a friend of mine), will be getting married next weekend and she wanted to create something sexy with him in mind. She supplied the location, idea and enviable attitude to create these sensual images, and I'm thrilled with the results. There has always been something so so sexy to me about a woman with tireless confidence, especially when it comes to her body. The light seemingly radiates through infinitesimal voids in her flesh to envelope her in a fiery blaze. She's beaming in every photograph. Fearlessness is sexy. Sexy is sexy. Love is sexy. Love is love. Love is everything.

I think Bryce is a lucky man. And I think they're lucky to have found each other. I hope they're both as captivated with these photographs as I am.

[Scroll down for 20 of my favorite photos from this shoot.]

ps. The name of this series is based off a quote by the phenomenal Gibran, a long-time favorite of mine:

I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath; I am the memory of a moment of happiness; I am the last gift of the living to the dead; I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
— Kahlil Gibran